Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Subtle Change 2

If you are a white-bread only family, try introducing wheat bread at meal times. Offer a variety of wheat and whole grain breads including hamburger buns, dinner rolls, and crackers. The wheat bread tastes better and is more filling. Over time it just may become the preferred choice.


  1. A few years ago, my wife and I decided to make a few "subtle changes" with the hope of reducing "unnecessary fat" from our menus without sacrificing a lot of the dinner selections. To use replacing 2% milk with Fat-free milk as an example, you can certainly tell the difference in an isolated glass of milk, but I'll bet you can't inside a casserole dish.

    Here's a few of the things we did:
    - Replace 2% milk with Fat-free milk inside of casseroles, mashed potatoes, and "Helpers."
    - Replace butter with "Butter Buds" in (some) recipes where butter is mixed into the dish. You can tell a difference in recipes where butter sits atop the dish, however, so mixing is key.
    - I exercise a lot and sometimes I eat just to restore my energy rather than for taste. Therefore, I will often cram a snack in a short period of time. If you pre-select the snack ahead of time it can save you the trouble of hurriedly picking a snack loaded with simple sugars, for instance.
    - I cannot eat a sandwich without some sort of condiment. I also like spicy foods and started substituting horseradish for mayonnaise on sandwiches. It's like 1/5 of the fat and still tastes good!
    - Keep plenty (and I emphasize the word "plenty") of animal crackers and pretzels around the house. No potato chips and nuts! I'm not a nutritionist, but I'm strongly convinced that animal crackers are the best low-fat cookie out there.
    - If I could revisit the potato chip reference in the last paragraph, I'd like to add that I firmly believe that Lays, not McDonald's, is a large contributer to childhood obesity. How many times have I mindlessly plowed through a bag of Ruffles? Well, more times than I've eaten 3 or more Big Macs. I will only eat chips outside of my house.

    Love the blog Patricia!

  2. Thanks, Chris, for these great ideas. I have a few ideas about childhood obesity myself. I would love to revamp the menus at our schools and have children take P.E. class more than once a week!